Silent Ozu with his more restrained style just starting to emerge. At first it didn't feel like Ozu at all with the virtuoso shots with lots of camera movement, a gun, and a robbery all staged impressively. But then it shifts into a room and it very much becomes recognizably Ozu as characters deals with moral dilemmas over the course of one night.
Really great to go into the film knowing as little as possible. Starting out funny and warm as a quirky comedy but then slowly changing into something much darker. It's filled with great comedic moments and some elaborate set pieces with all of the parts working together in a great way by the time it all emerges as a complex and unpredictable look at family, class, and work.
It Follows take a similar approach to David Robert Mitchell's earlier The Myth of the American Sleepover in creating a film that is generally set in the 80s without ever explicitly stating it and reworking teen drama. With It Follows it is almost like Kubrick directed a teen horror film in the 80s. There are visual echoes of The Shining and the score is a full 80s synth feeling. Overall this forms a neat dissonance with the distinctly controlled framing…